Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
December 2014 Events Newsletter
Holiday Decorating Party
Monday, December 1 beginning at 1:00pm. Join
members of the Ambassadors Club in decorating the Senior
Center for the holidays. Decorations provided.
Pre-registration is not necessary.
Tuesday, December 2. Join in national "Giving Tuesday" by supporting a local
charity for the holiday season. Tax-deductible donations can
be made to Rufty-Holmes Senior Center to benefit the
operating fund, capital fund, endowment fund or scholarship
Operation Senior Christmas
Clubs and organizations, as well as interested individuals,
are invited to "sponsor" a deserving older adult through
Operation Senior Christmas in December. Operation Senior
Christmas is a joint project of several older adult service
organizations in the community. A special Christmas tree
will be displayed in the Center beginning on Monday,
December 1 with the first names of needy older adults in our
community and their suggested wish list. Willing sponsors
take a name from the tree, purchase items on the list, and
return these to the Center by Thursday, December 18.
Contact the Front Desk for more information.
Bus Trip to Blandwood Mansion & Bob Timberlake Gallery
Thursday, December 18. Motor coach leaves Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 9:00am for
an exciting trip to Blandwood Mansion's gardens, museum, and
farmhouse, with its 19th century art, architecture and
furnishings. After a Dutch-treat lunch in the area, the next
stop will be the lovely Bob Timberlake Gallery and gift shop
in Lexington, NC. The Gallery showcases Timberlake's
original artwork, reproductions and personal memorabilia, as
well the popular home furnishings collection that has made
him a familiar name in homes across the country. We will
return to Rufty-Holmes Senior Center around 6:00pm.
Cost is $30 per person which includes motor coach
transportation, and admission to Blandwood Mansion.
Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center
in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are
first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat
assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a member of
the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient,
you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, December 3 at 3 p.m. A
seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris
Room B beginning at around 1:00 p.m. for those who arrive
early. Bus trips are sponsored by MedExpress Pharmacy of
Winter Arts Christmas Concert
Thursday, December 18 at 3:00pm.
Sponsored by Pruitt Health Hospice, Gegorek & Associates
Realty, and Carillon Assisted Living. Listen to a
beautiful harp and flute music concert with symphony
musicians Helen Rifus and Gay Tatman. After the concert,
guests can enjoy a display of seasonal artwork from local
older adult artists who attend various classes offered at
the Center. Refreshments will be served. Registration is not
required, and there is no charge to attend.
Monday, December 22 at 2:00pm.
Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older
adults. Come out and enjoy "An Evergreen Christmas," rated
PG, our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free.
(Motion picture license # 12137390).
Health & Wellness Program Christmas Luncheon
Wednesday, December 3 at 11:30am. Open
to all men's and women's Health and Fitness club members,
aquatic class participants, land class participants,
personal training participants, and machine usage
participants. Please join us for a covered dish luncheon.
Drinks will be provided. Bring your favorite food, see old
friends and meet new ones during this holiday season. After
lunch, we'll play corn-hole and oversized tic-tac-toe. You
may also win a door prize. Register in the Fitness Annex or
Wednesday, December 17 at 1:00pm.
Presenters from several state and local agencies will be at
the Center to provide information on avoiding being scammed
or a victim of fraud during the holiday season. Multiple
sources of fraud will be explored including investments,
charitable giving, Ponzi schemes, Internet-based fraud, mail
fraud and theft, identity theft, telemarketing, sweepstakes
offers, and home repairs. SCAM JAM is sponsored by the
Salisbury-Rowan Chapter of AARP and Rufty-Holmes Senior
Center. The event is free and open to all adults.
Pre-registration is requested by calling the Center's Front
Desk at 704-216-7714.
Pre-Retirement Seminar - "Leisure Activities Including
Volunteerism & Civic Engagement":
Monday, December 8 at 7:00pm. The
last in our series of fall seminars for those considering
retirement in the near future. Join Susan Musselman, Senior
Center Program Manager, to review your options for spending
your time constructively to benefit yourself and others. The
Pre-Retirement Seminar Series is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce for
any interested adult. There is no charge to attend, but
registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714.
Cooking for New Beginnings - Healthy Holiday Soups:
Friday, December 12 at 11:30am. Don't wait until the New
Year to start eating healthy. Learn to make healthy hearty
soups for the holidays with Certified Nutritionist Wendy
NaPant. Wendy is a Holistic Health Coach who uses fresh
healthy foods to encourage healthier food choices. Manage
your time & stress level. Learn to cook using simple tasty
dishes. The cost of the cooking class, including the healthy
meal, is $12.00, payable to the instructor at the beginning
of class. Call 704-216-7714 to register. Space is limited.
Handmade Holiday Cards
-Tuesday, December 2 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade
holiday cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies
will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon
arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration
is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction
to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and
demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the
novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration
that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per
session payable to the instructor.
Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive
individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as
you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per
session payable to the instructor. Pre-registration is not
New Computer Classes
Register at the Front Desk. Payment for computer classes is
requested prior to the first day of class. Participants must
be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. A minimum of four
people is necessary to hold a computer class. Call
704-216-7714 for information.
Treat yourself to some refresher classes this month. All
classes are for members who have previously taken a computer
or tablet class here at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. These
classes are not for those new to using computers or tablets.
Refreshing Basic Computer Skills:
Thursday, December 4 from 1:00-3:00pm or 4:00-6:00pm. This
class will allow you to refresh your skills on specific
items on the computer. Maybe you need a little help on
Microsoft Word setting up pages for documents you type; or
maybe you're having some trouble working through sites on
the Internet. Bring a list of things on which you want to
work, and we'll attempt to clear up any confusion. Remember,
this class is only for those who have already taken a
computer class with us earlier. This is not a class for new
students. Class fee is $10.
December 11from 6:00-8:00pm. Not doing much except playing
games on your iPad? There is no better way to learn new
things you can do than to talk with other iPad users. This
class is for those who have taken an iPad class here at
Rufty-Holmes recently. Make sure your iPad is charged and
ready to go, and that you know your passwords. Class fee is
Android Tablets: Tuesday, December 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Have you had
your tablet a while but still having some trouble
downloading apps? Maybe you just want to learn about some
new apps? How do you find the best ones? This class, for
those who have already taken an earlier Android Tablet
class, will give you the opportunity to share ideas with
others who have Android Tablets. Be sure you have your
tablet charged, and that you know your passwords. Class fee
Outdoor Adventure Club - Trip to Dan Nicholas Park
Friday, December 12. Meet at Dan Nicholas Park at 9:30am in the parking lot for
Shelter #8. Two hikes will be offered. The Volksport Trail
will be led by Beth Foreman, and is an easy to moderate two
miler. The other option will be Volksport Plus Persimmons
Trail at a faster pace for four miles, as led by Elbert
Klutz. Afterwards, the group will meet and drive over to
Jimmy's Lakeside Restaurant for a Dutch-treat lunch. Dress
appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own
risk. New participants will need to complete an information
survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call
the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register
for this activity call 704-216-7714.
Exercise Program Opportunitiese Class Openings
One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes
after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A
variety of offerings is available at different levels, and
Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers
Classic, Strength-ercise, Cardio Strength Training, Tai Chi,
and Chair Yoga. Strength and aerobic fitness
equipment is also available for use, with trained staff
accessible to provide an orientation and instruction.
Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call
AQUATIC EXERCISE CLASSES: Currently
registered participants will use the pool at Trinity Oaks
Retirement Community during December while the Center's pool
is repaired and resurfaced. New students can enroll during
December for classes beginning in January at the Center.
Contact the Front Desk for details.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Wednesday, December 3 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood
pressure readings and consultation for interested older
adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse
Practitioner Gail Kimball.
blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the
Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours,
sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center on Friday afternoons by appointment
with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per
session. To schedule an appointment call
Meetings This Monthtober Club
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am
Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
except Dec 24
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am except
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm except
Overeaters Anonymous - Each Thursday at 6:30pm
except December 25
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm except
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, December
1 at 8:30am
Ambassadors Club Covered Dish Luncheon - Monday,
December 1 at noon
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, December 4 at
AARP Carry-In Luncheon - Thursday, December 4 at
Men's Breakfast Club Holiday Dinner - Thursday,
December 4 at 6:00pm
Busy Bees Craft Club - Friday, December 5 at 10:30am
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, December 8 at
Walk-Abouts Luncheon - Tuesday, December 9 at 1:00pm
at CG Family Restaurant
Rufty-Holmes Board & Staff Dinner - Tuesday,
December 9 at 6:30pm
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, December 10 at
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, December 11 at
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, December 11 at
Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, December 15
Ole Rowan Fiber Guild - Monday, December 15 at
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, December 16 at noon
Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild - Thursday, December
18 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, December 18 at 7:00pm
Duke Energy Retirees Luncheon - Friday, December 19
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations
throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older
to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational
programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by
federal, state and local aging grants, there is no
charge to participate, but donations are encouraged
and accepted. For more information, call
"Are You Okay?" Service
Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety
checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
Monthly Grief Support Group
Wednesday, December 3 at 9:00am.
Grief support group sessions provide opportunities
for people who have experienced the death of a loved
one to meet others who are experiencing similar
losses. Members come together to normalize and
validate their experiences of grief, to find
strength and coping skills, and to eventually regain
a sense of hope. The grief group is facilitated by
Susanna Lund, MS, LPC, ATR-BC, and is sponsored by
Rowan Hospice & Palliative CARE. Pre-registration
is not required.
Assistance with Hearing Needs
For individuals who are hard of hearing and need
assistance with hearing devices or telephone
communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of
Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call
to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by
Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of
North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with
interested persons at the Center by appointment to
provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family
law, public assistance, housing, consumer
protection, etc). The service is free to low-income
adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds
from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and
to schedule an appointment,
call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562
and identify yourself as an older adult residing in
The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located
at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers
Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet
with Rowan County veterans to assist them in
applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they
are legally entitled.
For an appointment, call 704-216-8138 (Elaine Howle)
or 704-216-8139 (Rick Johnson).
Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance
Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care
Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will
be available on the third Wednesday of each month
from 9:00am-12:00 noon to answer individual
questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an
Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain
passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools
athletic, musical and drama events free of charge.
These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the
Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall
Insurance Information Program Assistance
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County
location for the Seniors' Health Insurance
Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC
Department of Insurance. Staff and trained
counselors are available to assist individuals and
families with impartial information on Medicare
supplemental and prescription drug plans by
appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.
General Information & Assistance
Staff members are available to assist individuals
and families with general information and assistance
in utilizing various community services available to
older adults. If you have a need, call the Senior
Help Line at 704-216-7700.
This 'n That
Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for
SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on
Friday, December 5 from 8:30am-11:30am.
Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free
with refreshments as provided by Liberty Commons.
BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults
age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to
"Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call
704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information.
"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday
at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.
RUFTY-HOLMES SENIOR CENTER AND ALL LUNCH CLUB SITES
WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24-26
FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS NOW
SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5
MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE #
1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252. COUNTY
RESIDENTS CAN CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE AT
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: In times of inclement
weather, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center seeks, first and
foremost, to insure the safety and welfare of
participants and staff. The decision to close early,
or not open the Center and Lunch Club sites, is made
by the Executive Director based on weather
conditions at the time and local forecasts. In any
event, announcements about closings will be
broadcast over local AM radio stations WSTP & WSAT.
Whenever there is any doubt about sites being open,
or a scheduled activity being held, call the Center
first at 704-216-7714. If staff members are not on
hand to answer your call, an appropriate message
will be left on the answering machine. To find out
about the rescheduling of activities that are
canceled due to bad weather, call the Center once
normal operations resume.
For more information about Rufty-Holmes Senior
Center, go to www.ruftyholmes.org
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center